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Brooks to keynote Mothers of the NILE dinner

Henri-Brooks-200A longtime advocate for children and families, Shelby County Commissioner Henri E. Brooks' quest for fairness and justice coincides with the mission of Mothers of the NILE, a group she will address Thursday, May 9, during the grassroots advocacy organization's annual Mother's Day Dinner at First Baptist Church-Broad, 2835 Broad Ave.

The dinner is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The theme is "Who Can Impact the Future of a Child? Look in the Mirror."

"Our annual dinner is held to recognize and honor those who work consistently and diligently to support our youth. Our key note speaker, Henri Brooks, will help us not only reflect on but also re-ignite our individual commitments," said Sondra Howell, chairwoman of Mothers of the NILE.

Attention high school seniors with EMT or paramedic dreams

29EMT-400There is a national shortage of emergency medical technicians (EMT) and paramedics and an even greater shortage of minorities who choose emergency medical services as a profession. This is a statistic that Rural/Metro Ambulance wants to change.

For the last six years, Rural/Metro has offered a scholarship program for Tennessee minority high school seniors who are interested in furthering their education to become an EMT or paramedic.

Students who receive a scholarship will attend an EMT school in Shelby County. After completing the two-year program, successful students will then be ready to take the national test to receive their EMT license.

‘Still more’ is needed, says former U.S. Sec. of Education Paige

Rod Paige-400When you come from rural Mississippi and – by your own description – "wiggle my way to the White House" to become the first African American to serve as U.S. Secretary of Education, there might be a tendency to think you've done enough.

No so with Dr. Rod Paige, the seventh Department of Education secretary in U.S. history, and the keynote speaker last Sunday (April 20) at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Beta Epsilon Chapter's Second Annual Educational Advancement Foundation Scholarship Breakfast.

The early morning event, held with the support of Dr. Lester Baskins and Middle Baptist Church, 801 Whitehaven Lane, was designed to continue the sorority's legacy of scholarship and service. The theme was "Awesome Support for Education: The AKA Way." Dr. Paige was invited to offer his perspective on the importance of education in today's economy.

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‘Fitness Month’ – a focus chance for African-American women

fitness-600Evidence has shown that while African-Americans have high cholesterol levels, they are slightly lower compared to white Americans. But then they have a 30 percent chance of dying from heart disease, according to a 2010 report from the American Heart Association.

Since April is National African-American Women's Fitness Month, it has been on Leona Buchanan's mind to change her diet, her lifestyle, and start exercising. "Black people are known to have high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure and diabetes," said Buchanan, who grappled with high cholesterol herself.

Buchanan has given up beef and pork, and eats only fish, chicken and turkey. She also joined the Healthy Church Challenge 100-day weight loss competition to work off those unwanted pounds.

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Math Made Simple ready to kick fear at summer camp

IMG 0248crv-6002 + 2 = 4. Math isn't always that simple, but with the help of trusted instructors math can be made simple.

From Pre-K to Pre-Cal, the professionals at Math Made Simple, Etc. have a track record of helping students of all ages overcome their anxiety and excel in mathematics. The tutoring and solutions center teaches an array of innovative techniques to empower and equip students to make better grades and pass standardized tests.

But, that's not all – tutoring in English, Language Arts, and Reading is also available.

Black Girls Code extends its roots to Memphis

24blackgirlscode-400For African-American girls in Memphis, positive things in the world of technology have come to town via Black Girls Code.

Credit Nnaemeka Egwuekwe – the Chapter Lead for the Memphis chapter of Black Girls Code (BGC) – with the hook-up. When Egwuekwe found out about the national organization and the opportunities it provides for young girls, he decided to do all he could to bring it to Memphis.

The founder of BGC is Kimberly Bryant, a native Memphian. Egwuekwe contacted her and made a successful pitch for a Memphis chapter. Two sold-out workshops speak to the need for the local chapter.

For the grill: Spicy lentil cauliflower burgers

23chef-burger-600CHEF TIMOTHY: It's almost time to fire up the barbecue grill. But don't brag to your family and friends that you're the master chef until you've tried making the spicy lentil cauliflower burger – totally different in taste than the hamburgers and golden fries we are accustomed to eating.

With this burger, we hope to recapture those flavors – or more succulent flavors – that tantalize the taste buds. However, we're going to prepare the spicy lentil cauliflower burger in a non-fattening way.

The burger world is changing with the introduction of more fatty and greasy burgers that are often promoted as healthy. As consumers, we must consider our overall health and the high rate of obesity linked to our consumption of fast food.

Film shines light on autism and need for public awareness

color-my-mind-600April is Autism Awareness Month and many people misunderstand or just don't know about the lives of children diagnosed with autism. Shannon King Nash is on a mission to turn that around.

Nash's 14-year-old son has autism. She is the creator of "Color My Mind," a groundbreaking documentary on autism awareness. The film features five mothers of autistic children and provides a glimpse of their journey to overcome the challenges their children face.

At one point, Nash felt as though she was the only person in the world – especially in the African-American community – dealing with such a situation. She would go to autism-support groups and not see many African-American people. Knowing that autism doesn't exclusively attack any one racial group, she couldn't figure out why people of color where so uninformed – or just didn't want to accept it.